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Old 05-08-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Quick help. Power outage.

If anybody has experience, I'd appreciate the scoop.

We just had tornadoes and high winds go through and power is out in the area. I'm on a small generator right now and shouldn't really run it continuously.

I have a 120 gallon aquarium with 1 blue tang, 1 yellow tang, 4 clowns, 1 wrasse, and a variety of corals.

How long can I go with power off before I have to really worry about losses?

I'd like to kill the generator when we go to bed tonight and re-start it first thing tomorrow morning. Likely be about 6 or 7 hours off.

Thanks a bunch for help.
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I think you will be fine with it being off for 6-7 hours. Think about when fish are shipped next day, it can take up to 24-hours. How cold is it there at night? If it is cold you may want to help insulate the tank by wrapping it with towels.
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Temps are no problem. Oxygen and flow (for the corals) is what I'm most worried about.
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Any chance you have a smaller aquarium or a friend does that you could use temporarily? I have heard people say they use a large plastic cooking spoon or something to slowly keep the water stirred. If you have a bubbler it will help get water to the top to exchange oxygen (it won't put oxygen in the tank though...I used to think it did and would put 4 stones bubbling on batteries.lol)
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If it is only 6-7 hours without flow/return water and your temp is good, I think you will be fine. You shouldn't have much loss if any, IMO.
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how would someone with an aquarium be any help to him?.. it was a tornado.. it knocks out grids.. not houses lol
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how would someone with an aquarium be any help to him?.. it was a tornado.. it knocks out grids.. not houses lol
Yes it does, however it depends on how bad it was, how many grids it could of knocked out and so forth. The question is still relevant.

Second, If you are worried, you could even wake up 3-4 hours, turn it on for 20 minutes or so to help out and turn it back off. It doesnt need continuous flow for them to thrive. it is used to keep nutrients in the water moving around and for the bacteria to break down the ammonia and so forth.
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Why cant you run it continously? What about freezer/Fridge etc.
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You`ll be OK for 6 or 7 hours. Just when you get back up you`ll need to get the flow going anyway. Lighting you`ll be OK for for a few days.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:26 PM   #10
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Well, I chickened out and ran the generator all night, hoping we'd get power back soon. When I went to town for supplies, one guy said he'd talked to someone from the electrical co-op and they said they didn't know when power would come back.

I bought oil filters and good oil for the generator so I could run it more or less continuous, and sure as heck the power comes back after only 28 or so hours of outage. I really lucked out. Our house is 100 percent electric, so we couldn't run the hot water heater or any big loads like that. I always have to save kW to run the well pump.

So, false alarm I guess. I sincerely thank all those who replied.
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